Call Quality


There's little to complain about when it comes to voice calls on the Moto G5 Plus. Audio sounds fine, and the handset's a comfortable size to use while talking even for extended periods of time. Really, the best thing about making calls with this phone is just how flexible it is when it comes to carrier support. Handling all the big US networks with ease, you've got your pick when it comes to finding the best-performing carrier in your neck of the woods.

Battery Life

The latest Moto G makes good on its reputation for multi-day battery life


When we pick up a phone running a Snapdragon 625, we're already expecting some solid battery life, and when you pair that with a 3,000mAh battery like we find in the Moto G5 Plus, we're looking forward to nothing short of day-long battery endurance.

That is absolutely what we got with the phone, and our custom battery tests gave us screen-on operation that came up just short of ten-and-a-half hours. Unless you're among the heaviest of heavy users, we'd say that very much falls under the all-day-battery banner.

Even with all that capacity, recharge times remain pleasantly swift, and the included Turbo Power charger brings the G5 Plus back to life in under two hours. Really, the only thing we could ask for would be wireless charging, but that's just an asterisk on otherwise very, very solid battery performance.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 10h 26 min (Excellent)
Motorola Moto G4 Plus 7h 30 min (Average)
Motorola Moto Z Play Droid 13h 43 min (Excellent)
Honor 6x 10h 1 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 106
Motorola Moto G4 Plus 113
Motorola Moto Z Play Droid 156
Honor 6x 191

Conclusion



It's easy to pick up the very wrong impression that there's not much to look forward to in the mid-range smartphone space, like it's some dumping ground for leftover components, offers uninspired hardware design at best, and aims little higher than giving shoppers phone choices that are “good enough” without going much further.

But it takes little more than a phone like the Moto G5 Plus to remind you that even in this budget segment there's still tons of variety, and maybe more importantly than that, the opportunity for manufacturers to really impress. We're not qualifying that with “... on a budget,” either, and the Moto G5 Plus implements some features – like that very intuitive swipe-based fingerprint scanner navigation system – that we'd absolutely love to see on much more high-profile Motorola hardware.

The G5 Plus doesn't do everything right, and seems to have a little more potential than the hardware actually delivers on; that's probably most true when it comes to its camera. But it's also far, far removed from being a huge disappointment, and we imagine most shoppers will still be hugely satisfied with their purchases.

Speaking of those, you've got some choices to make when it comes to what you'll pay for the Moto G5 Plus. Buying an unlocked phone from the manufacturer, you'll pay about $230 for the 32GB/2GB model, or more like $300 for the the 64GB/4GB edition – and if you've got the cash to spend, we'd very much point in the direction of the latter.

If you also happen to be an Amazon Prime user, you've got another decision to make: consent to the presence of Amazon's ad-laden lockscreen, and you can save $45 or more compared to Lenovo's direct prices: so, $185 for 32GB, or even greater savings at $240 for 64GB. Maybe you'd rather pay more for the regular phone, but if you're already going to be seeing ads on the mobile web, and in ad-supported apps, Amazon's offer may not sound so objectionable – and those discounts make an already attractive phone just that much more appealing.



Pros

  • Much more premium design than past Moto G phones
  • Great battery life, fast recharging
  • Fingerprint-scanner gestures work great
  • Expansive carrier support

Cons

  • Camera feels like it doesn't reach its potential
  • Discounted ad-supported version only for Amazon Prime users
  • Micro-USB: why?
  • Could use more robust water-resistance

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

User Rating:

8.6
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